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The coveted James Beard Award

Cambridge and the “Foodie Oscars”

A James Beard Award is the Oscar of the food world; it’s a national honor for leaders in the industry. Ahead of their summer awards ceremony, the Beard Foundation names semifinalists from across the country. Cambridge boasts seven semifinalists in 2020's James Beard Awards. Here's a list of these talented locals and where you can find them. Use it next time you dine out or when you order for a night in— bon appetit!  

OUTSTANDING BAKER**
◦ Sofra Bakery, Maura Kilpatrick: Middle Eastern baked goods in West Cambridge

OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR
◦ Little Donkey, Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer: global small plates in Central Square

OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF
◦ Benedetto, Renae Connolly: classic, regional Italian in Harvard Square

OUTSTANDING CHEF**
◦ Oleana, Ana Sortun: Eastern Mediterranean cuisine in Inman Square

BEST CHEF IN THE NORTHEAST
Cafe Sushi, Seizi Imura: traditional sushi and kitchen dishes in Harvard Square
◦ PAGU, Tracy Chang: Japanese tapas in Central Square
◦ The Table at Season to Taste, Carl Dooley: French-accented delicacies in North Cambridge (permanently closed)

** Now also a finalist for the 2020 James Beard Awards


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